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Read Before the First Flight

Read the following documents before using the PHANTOM 4:
1. In the Box
2. Phantom 4 User Manual
3. Phantom 4 Quick Start Guide
4. Phantom 4 Disclaimer and Safety Guidelines
5. Phantom 4 Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines
We recommend that you watch all tutorial videos on the official DJI website and read the Disclaimer before you fly. Prepare for your first flight by reviewing the Phantom 4 Quick Start Guide and refer to the User Manual for more details.

Introduction

Product Profile & Features Highlights
The DJI Phantom 4 is an extremely smart flying camera able to intelligently track objects without a separate device, avoid obstacles and fly with a tap of your finger. All while shooting 4K video or 12 megapixel stills.

Features Highlights

Tapfly and ActiveTrack are two brand new commands in the DJI GO app, unique to the Phantom 4. Now with a simple tap you can fly anywhere visible on your screen or track a moving subject smoothly and easily.
Camera and Gimbal: With the Phantom 4, you’re shooting 4K video at up to 30 frames per second and capturing 12 megapixel photos that look crisper and cleaner than ever. An enhanced sensor gives you greater clarity, lower noise, and better pictures than any previous flying camera.
HD Video Downlink: The low-latency long range (up to 5 km) HD downlink is powered by an enhanced version of DJI Lightbridge.
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery: The new 5350 mAh DJI Intelligent Flight Battery features upgraded battery cells and an advanced power management system to provide flight at up to around 28 minutes*.
Flight Controller: The next-generation flight controller has been updated to provide a safer, more reliable flight experience. A newly implemented flight recorder stores critical data from each flight and the Vision Positioning System enhances hovering precision when flying indoors or in environments where GPS is unavailable. A dual IMUs and compasses design provides redundancy to the aircraft.
Preparing the Aircraft
Removing Gimbal Clamp
Remove the gimbal clamp from the camera as shown below:
*At sea level in calm environments when flying in ATTI mode, The flight time will vary due to different flight patterns, weather conditions and altitudes
Attaching the Propellers:
Mount the propellers with black propeller rings to the motors with black dots. Mount the propellers with sliver propeller rings to the motors without black dots. Press the propeller down onto the mounting plate and rotate in the lock direction until it is secured in its position.
  • Check that all the propellers are secure before each flight.
Battery Installation
Slide battery into the battery compartment according to the arrow’s direction shown below. Make sure that you hear a click sound indicates the battery is firmly installed. Failure to do so may affect the flight safety of your aircraft.
Preparing the Remote Controller:
The mobile device holder is designed for securing tablet or mobile device. Tilt the mobile device holder to the desired position, then adjust the antennas so they are facing outward.
1. Press the button on the top right side of the mobile device holder to release the clamp, then adjust the clamp to fit the size of your mobile device.
2. Secure your mobile device in the clamp by pressing down, and connect your mobile device to the remote controller using a USB cable.
3. Plug one end of the cable into the mobile device, and the other end into the USB port on the back of the remote controller.
Aircraft Diagram
Remote Controller Diagram

Aircraft

Flight Controller
The Phantom 4’s flight controller features several important upgrades, including a new flight mode. Safety modes include Failsafe and Return-to-Home. These features ensure the safe return of your aircraft if the control signal is lost. The flight controller can also save critical flight data from each flight to the on-board storage device. The new flight controller also provides increased stability and a new air braking feature.
Flight Mode
Three flight modes are available. The details of each flight mode are found below:
P-mode (Positioning) :P-mode works best when the GPS signal is strong. The aircraft utilizes the GPS and Obstacle Sensing System to automatically stabilize itself, navigate between obstacles or track a moving object. Advanced features such as TapFly and ActiveTrack are enabled in this mode.
S-mode (Sport) : The handling gain values of the aircraft are adjusted in order to enhance the maneuverability of the aircraft in S-mode. The maximum flight speed of the aircraft is increased to 20 m /s in this mode. Note that Obstacle Sensing system is disabled in this mode.
A-mode (Attitude) : When neither the GPS nor the Obstacle Sensing System is available, the aircraft will only use its barometer for positioning to control the altitude.
Flight Status Indicator
The Phantom 4 has Front LEDs and Aircraft Status Indicators. The positions of these LEDs are shown in the figure below:

The Front LEDs show the orientation of the aircraft. The Front LEDs glow solid red when the aircraft is turned on to indicate the front (or nose) of the aircraft. The Aircraft Status Indicators communicate the system status of the flight controller. Refer to the table below for more information about the Aircraft Status Indicators.
Aircraft Status Indicator Description
Return-to-Home (RTH)
Failsafe RTH
If the Home Point was successfully recorded and the compass is functioning normally, Failsafe RTH will be automatically activated if the remote controller signal is lost for more than three seconds. The Return- to-Home process may be interrupted and the operator may regain control of the aircraft if the remote controller signal connection is re-established
Failsafe Illustration
Smart RTH
Use the RTH button on the remote controller (refer to “RTH button” on page 33 for more information) or tap the RTH button in the DJI GO app and follow the on-screen instructions when GPS is available to initiate Smart RTH. The aircraft will then automatically return to the last recorded Home Point. You may use the remote controller’s control sticks to control the aircraft’s position to avoid a collision during the Smart RTH process. Press and hold the Smart RTH button once to start the process, and press the Smart RTH button again to terminate the procedure and regain full control of the aircraft.
Low Battery RTH
The low battery level failsafe is triggered when the DJI Intelligent Flight Battery is depleted to a point that may affect the safe return of the aircraft. Users are advised to return home or land the aircraft immediately when prompted. The DJI GO app will display a notice when a low battery warning is triggered. The aircraft will automatically return to the Home Point if no action is taken after a ten-second countdown. The user can cancel the RTH procedure by pressing the RTH button on the remote controller. The thresholds for these warnings are automatically determined based on the aircraft’s current altitude and distance from the Home Point.
The aircraft will land automatically if the current battery level can only support the aircraft long enough to descend from its current altitude. The user can still use the remote controller to alter the aircraft’s orientation during the landing process.
The Battery Level Indicator is displayed in the DJI GO app, and is described below:

Failsafe Safety Notices
Obstacle Avoidance During RTH
Aircraft can now sense and actively attempt to avoid obstacle during FailSafe RTH, provided that the light condition is ideal for the Obstacle Sensing System. The details on how the aircraft will behave during obstacle avoid is listed below:
1. Aircraft decelerates when an obstacle is sensed at 65 feet (20 meters) ahead.
2. Aircraft stops and hover then start ascending vertically to avoid the obstacle. Eventually, the aircraft will stop climbing when it is at least 16 feet (5 meters) above the detected obstacle.
3. Failsafe RTH procedure resume, the aircraft will continue flying to the Home Point at the current altitude.

TapFly
Introduction
With the TapFly feature, user now can tap on the mobile device screen to guide the aircraft to fly toward the designated direction without using the remote controller. Aircraft can automatically avoid obstacle or initiate break and then hover automatically during the flight, provided that the lighting is not too dark ( < 300 lux) nor too bright ( > 10,000 lux).
Using TapFly
Ensure the battery level is more than 50 % for the Intelligent Flight Battery. And the aircraft is in P-mode. Then follow the steps below to use TapFly:
Take off and ensure the aircraft is flying at least 9 feet (3 meters) above the ground.
 

Exit TapFly
Use the following methods to exit TapFly:
1.Press once on the Intelligent Flight Pause button on the remote controller or pull back the pitch stick on the remote controller.
2. Tap “STOP” button on the screen.

Aircraft will stop and hover after exit from TapFly. You may either tap a new target direction to proceed to the next flight or bring back the aircraft to the Home Point manually.

ActiveTrack
ActiveTrack allows you to mark and track a moving object on your mobile device screen. The aircraft will automatically avoid obstacles in its flight path.

 

Using ActiveTrack
Ensure the Intelligent Flight Battery has more than 50% power and the aircraft is in either P-mode. Then follow the steps below to use ActiveTrack:

Obstacle and Vision Positioning System
The Phantom 4 is equipped with an Obstacle Sensing System that constantly scans for obstacles in front of it, allowing it to avoid collisions by going around, over or hovering. The DJI Vision Positioning System uses ultrasound and image data to help the aircraft maintain its current position. With the help of Vision Positioning, your Phantom 4 can hover in place more precisely and fly indoors or in other environments where a GPS signal is not available. The main components of the Vision Positioning System are located on the bottom of your Phantom 4; they include [3] two ultrasonic sensors and [1] [2] four monocular sensors.
Detection Range
The detection range of the Obstacle Sensing and Vision Positioning System is depicted as follow. Note that the aircraft cannot sense and avoid the obstacles that are not within the detection range.
Calibrating Front Sensors
Obstacles Sensing cameras that installed on landing gear are calibrated on delivery. However these camera are vulnerable to excessive impact, hence it will require calibration via DJI Assistant 2 from time to time. Follow the steps below to calibrate the camera when the DJI GO app prompt you to do so.
Using Vision Positioning
Vision Positioning is activated automatically when the aircraft is turned on. No further action is required. Vision Positioning is typically used in indoor environments, where GPS is unavailable. Using the sensors that are built into the Vision Positioning system, the aircraft can hover precisely even without GPS.
Assisted Brakingfrom Obstacle Sensing System
Powered by the Obstacle Sensing System, the aircraft will now be able to actively initiate breaks when obstacles are detected direct ahead of the aircraft. Note that Obstacle System works best when light condition is ideal and the obstacle does not have feature-less pattern. In addition, the aircraft speed cannot exceed over 10 meter/second so that the aircraft can break and stop at the safe distance.
Flight Recorder
Flight data is automatically recorded to the internal storage of the aircraft. This includes flight telemetry, aircraft status information, and other parameters. To access these data, connect the aircraft to the PC through the Micro USB port and launch the DJI GO app.

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Attaching and Detaching the Propellers
Use only DJI approved propellers with your Phantom 4. The grey and black ring on the propeller indicate where they should be attached and in which direction whey should spin.
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery


DJI Intelligent Flight Battery Functions
1. Battery Level Display: The LED indicators display the current battery level.
2. Battery Life Display: The LEDs display the current battery power cycle.
3. Auto-Discharging Function: To prevent swelling, the battery automatically discharges to below 65% of total power when it is idle for more than ten days. It takes around two days to discharge the battery to 65%. It is normal to feel moderate heat being emitted from the battery during the discharge process. Discharge thresholds can be set in the DJI GO app.
4. Balanced Charging: Automatically balances the voltage of each battery cell when charging.
5. Overcharge Protection: Charging automatically stops when the battery is fully charged.
6. Temperature Detection: The battery will only charge when the temperature is between 5°C (41°F) and 40°C (104°F).
7. Over Current Protection: The battery stops charging when high amperage (more than 8 A) is detected.
8. Over Discharge Protection: To prevent over-discharge damage, discharging automatically stops when the battery voltage reaches 12 V.
9. Short Circuit Protection: Automatically cuts the power supply when a short circuit is detected.
10. Battery Cell Damage Protection: The DJI GO app displays a warning message when a damaged battery cell is detected.
11. Battery Error History: Browse the battery error history in the DJI GO app.
12. Sleep Mode: To save power, the battery enters sleep mode after 20 minutes of inactivity.
13. Communication: Information pertaining to the battery’s voltage, capacity, current, etc. is transmitted to the aircraft’s main controller.

  • Refer to Phantom 4 Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines before use. Users take full responsibility for all operations and usage.

Low Temperature Notice:
1. Battery capacity is significantly reduced when flying in low temperature (< 0°C) environments.
2.It is not recommended that the battery be used in extremely low temperature (< -10°C) environments. Battery voltage should reach the appropriate level when operating environment with temperatures between -10°C and 5°C.
3. End the flight as soon as the DJI GO app displays the “Low Battery Level Warning” in low temperature environments.
4. Keep the battery indoors to warm it before flying in low temperature environments.
5. To ensure optimal performance of the battery, keep the battery temperature above 20°C.
6. The charger will stop charging the battery if the battery cell’s temperature is not within the operating range (0°C ~ 40°C ).
  • In cold environments, insert the battery into the battery compartment and allow the aircraft for approximately 1-2 minutes to warm up before taking off.
Checking the Battery Level
The Battery Level Indicators display how much power remains. When the battery is turned off, press the Power Button once. The Battery Level Indicators will light up to display the current battery level. See below for details
Battery life
Battery life refers to how many more times the battery can be discharged and recharged before it must be replaced. When the battery is turned off, press and hold the Power Button for 5 seconds to check the battery life. The Battery Level Indicators will light up and/or blink for two seconds, as shown below:
Charging the Intelligent Flight Battery
1. Connect the Battery Charger to a power source (100-240 V 50/60 Hz).
2. Connect one end of the charger to the Intelligent Flight Battery to the Battery Charger. If the battery level is above 95%, turn on the battery before charging.
3. The Battery Level Indicator will display the current battery level as it is charging.
4. The Intelligent Flight Battery is fully charged when the Battery Level Indicators are all off.
5. Air-cool the Intelligent Flight Battery after each flight. Allow its temperature to drop to room temperature before storing it for an extended period.
  • Always turn off the battery before inserting it or removing it from the Phantom 4. Never insert or remove a battery when it is turned on.

After these issues are resolved, press the Power Button to turn off the Battery Level Indicator. Unplug the Intelligent Flight Battery from the charger and plug it back in to resume charging. Note that you do not need to unplug and plug in the charger in the event of a room temperature error; the charger will resume charging when the temperature is within the allowable range.

Remote Controller

Remote Controller Profile
The Phantom 4 remote controller is a multi-function wireless communication device that integrates the video downlink system and aircraft remote control system. The video downlink and aircraft remote control system operate at 2.4 GHz. The remote controller features a number of camera control functions, such as taking and previewing photos and videos, as well as controlling gimbal motion. The battery level is displayed via LED indicators on the front panel of the remote controller.
Using the Remote Controller
Turning the Remote Controller On and Off
The Phantom 4 remote controller is powered by a 2S rechargeable battery that has a capacity of 6000 mAh. The battery level is indicated via the Battery Level LEDs on the front panel. Follow the steps below to turn on your remote controller:
1. When the remote controller is turned off, press the Power Button once. The Battery Level LEDs will display the current battery level.
2. Press and hold the Power Button to turn on the remote controller.
3. The remote controller will beep when it is turned on. The Status LED will rapidly blink green, indicating that the remote controller is linking to the aircraft. The Status LEDs will glow solid green when linking is complete.
4. Repeat Step 2 to turn off the remote controller.
Charging the Remote Controller
Charge the remote controller using the included charger. Refer to the figure on next page below for more details.

Controlling the Camera
Shoot videos/pictures, view recorded images, and adjust camera settings via the Shutter Button, Camera Settings Dial, Playback Button, and Video Recording Button on the remote controller

[1] Camera Settings Dial
Turn the dial to adjust camera settings such as ISO, shutter speed, and aperture without letting go of
the remote controller. Press down on the dial to toggle between these settings.
[2] Shutter Button
Press to take a photo. If burst mode is activated, multiple photos will be taken with a single press.
[3] Video Recoding Button
Press once to start recording video, then press again to stop recording.
[4] Gimbal Dial
Use this dial to control the tilt of the gimbal.
Controlling Aircraft
This section explains how to control the orientation of the aircraft through the remote controller. The Remote Control is set to Mode 2 by default.
  • Stick Neutral/Mid-Point: Control sticks are in the center position.
  • Moving the Control Stick: The control stick is pushed away from the center position.

P-mode (Positioning) : P-mode works best when the GPS signal is strong. The aircraft utilizes the GPS and Obstacle Sensing System to automatically stabilize itself, navigate between obstacles or track a moving object. Advanced features such as TapFly and ActiveTrack are enabled in this mode.
S-mode (Sport) : The handling gain values of the aircraft are adjusted in order to enhance the maneuverability of the aircraft in S-mode. The maximum flight speed of the aircraft is increased to 20 m /s in this mode. Note that Obstacle Sensing system is disabled in this mode.
A-mode (Attitude) : When neither the GPS nor the Obstacle Sensing System is available, the aircraft will only use its barometer for positioning to control the altitude.

Camera and Gimbal

Camera

Camera Profile
The on-board camera uses the 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor to capture video (up to 4096x2160p at 24fps or 4K at up to 30 fps with the Phantom 4 and 12 megapixel stills. You may choose to record the video in either MOV or MP4 format. Available picture shooting modes include burst, continuous, and time-lapse mode. A live preview of what the camera sees can be monitored on the connected mobile device via the DJI GO app.

Camera Micro SD Card Slot
To store your photos and videos, insert the Micro SD card into the slot, as shown below, before turning on the Phantom 4. The Phantom 4 comes with a 16 GB Micro SD card and supports Micro SD cards up to 64 GB. A UHS-1 Micro SD card is recommended due to their fast read and write speeds allowing you to save high-resolution video data

Camera Operation
Use the Shutter and Video Recording buttons on the remote controller to shoot the images or videos through the DJI GO app. For more information about how to use these buttons, refer to “Controlling the Camera Page 31”.
Camera LED Indicator
Camera LED Indicator lights up after the flight battery is powered on. It provides information on the working status of the camera.
Gimbal
Gimbal Profile
The 3-axis gimbal provides a steady platform for the attached camera, allowing you to capture clear, stable images and video. The gimbal can tilt the camera within a 120 ̊ range.
Use the gimbal dial on the remote controller to control the tilt movement of the camera.
Gimbal Operation Modes
Two gimbal operation modes are available. Switch between the different operation modes on the camera settings page of the DJI GO app. Note that your mobile device must be connected to the remote controller for changes to take effect. Refer to the table below for details: